INI + AMEN.
You’re free! And not “unalienable rights” free. There’s no “unalienable rights” in Jesus’ freedom. That’s worldly freedom—1st Article Gifts that don’t actually save anyone. Jesus isn’t talking about that sort of freedom.
No, you’re really free. Baptized free! A freedom that Jesus promises, seals, and delivers to you, splashed on your forehead, in the water and Word of Holy Baptism. After all, you don’t set yourself free. Someone else does the freeing. Jesus does. He gifts it. Not only Waters it, but Sermons it, Absolutions it, Bodys and Bloods it.
To be free is to live begiftedly—from, in, and through Jesus’ Gifts. It’s how He makes you free, keeps you free, and causes you to remain in His freedom. His Gifts are the only way Jesus sets you free. And when He sets you free, well,
JESUS REALLY SETS YOU FREE. Continue reading